Changing menu language on Mac

John Ralls jralls at
Fri Nov 13 17:24:21 EST 2009

On Nov 13, 2009, at 12:25 AM, James Wilde wrote:

> On Nov 12, 2009, at 22:53 , John Ralls wrote:
>> On Nov 12, 2009, at 12:25 PM, James Wilde wrote:
>>> I've seen a number of questions about changing the menu language,  
>>> and seen that I must alter the LANG and LANGUAGE settings.   
>>> However, none of the people asking this question seem to have a  
>>> Mac.  I'm running OSX Snow Leopard and am still somewhat  
>>> unfamiliar with the Macintosh.
>>> The version for the Mac seems a bit buggy, and I'm wondering if  
>>> I'd be better off creating a virtual machine in VirtualBox and  
>>> running GC under Ubuntu.  That's the environment I'm familiar with.
>> Are you using the standalone or MacPorts or Fink?
>> The standalone version is supposed to set it's locale from the  
>> Mac's settings.
>> Regards,
>> John Ralls
> Thanks, John.
> I'm using the standalone  Fink is not available as a  
> binary yet for Snow Leopard and I'm not yet sufficiently up to speed  
> on the Mac to risk installing from source.
> My Mac settings for locale are that the language is English, but  
> date, money and sort order are custom, tending to the Swedish, and  
> keyboard is Swedish.  Actually, if I run 'locale' I see that  
> everything is "C" except LC_CTYPE which is UTF-8.
> James

James, doesn't use the results from "locale", which is a good  
thing because it produces rather weird results. uses  
defaults read .GlobalDefaults for AppleLocale (to get the principal  
locale and currency setting) and AppleCollationOrder (For the sort  

How do you create a custom sort order?

What else seems buggy to you?

John Ralls


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